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In Hong Kong, no endgame for chaotic protests

HONG KONG (AP) — Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Since then, the movement has spiraled into a volatile and dangerous crisis with no clear endgame. Support for protesters is fast waning, as […]

Gaza rocket lands near Israel’s main airport

JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel’s main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv — a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was […]

AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine 

WASHINGTON (AP) — American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash. Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was […]

US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama’s strategy to leave behind a stable state after the withdrawal of most U.S. troops at year’s end. […]

Website apologizes for Clooney mother-in-law story 

LONDON (AP) — The British website Mail Online apologized Wednesday to George Clooney for alleging that his fiancee’s mother opposed their marriage on religious grounds — a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible. Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born London lawyer Amal Alamuddin, whose father Ramzi belongs to a prominent Druse family. The Druse are […]

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse 

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have long demanded that higher-ups be made to […]

Iraqi parliament squabbles over when to next meet 

BAGHDAD (AP) — With political leaders deadlocked, Iraq’s parliament squabbled Monday over when to hold its next session, potentially delaying the formation of a new government for weeks despite the threat from extremists who have seized control of a large chunk of the country and declared the establishment of an Islamic state. The acting speaker […]

UN: At least 1,075 killed in Iraq in June 

GENEVA (AP) — More than 1,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq this month as Sunni insurgents overtook key areas of the country, the United Nations said Tuesday. The new findings from the U.N. human rights team in Iraq show the casualty rate from violence and terror already in […]

GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate’s top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday. Still, the prospect of the president sidestepping Congress […]

UN: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

LONDON (AP) — For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. The agency described current polio outbreaks across at least 10 countries in […]

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters the insurgents in more than 10 cities do not recognize […]

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on […]

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry arrested

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. As the last bit of the sunken ferry’s hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water […]

Afghans flock to polls to vote for new leader

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots. The excitement over choosing a new leader […]

China ship hears ‘signal'; unclear if jet-related

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a “pulse signal” Saturday in Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane’s data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up in the search for the jet. Military and civilian planes, ships with […]

Ukraine ex-aide shot; No new govt before Thursday

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s new authorities navigated tricky political waters Tuesday, launching a new presidential campaign, working on a new government and trying to seek immediate financial help from the West. Yet protests in the country’s pro-Russian region of Crimea and the shooting of a top aide to fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych — a […]

Leader of Syrian militant group challenges rivals

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked group in Syria gave a rival breakaway group a five-day ultimatum to accept mediation by leading clerics to end infighting or be “expelled” from the region. The ultimatum announced in an audio recording by the leader of the Nusra Front aims to end months of deadly […]

EU seeking to upgrade bloc’s ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe is set to upgrade its ties with Cuba in a bid to broaden economic cooperation and demand more progress on respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, a senior European Union official said Thursday.

Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They’re designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country’s modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

Olympic workers fall from roof while clearing snow

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Six workers have fallen off a roof at the bobsled center for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi when the snow they were clearing slid to the ground. Associated Press technicians who witnessed the fall Thursday said one of the men appeared to have injured a leg and was taken away […]

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